Slovaks live in overcrowded flats

This is due mostly to the cost of rent and the size of flats.

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More than one-third of Slovaks lived in overcrowded households in 2017, according to Eurostat statistics data.

This means, for example, that parents sleep in one room with their child or that people who are not related share a room in a rented flat.

However, the situation is improving, the Hospodárske Noviny daily reported. While in 2011, 39.5 percent of Slovaks lived in overcrowded households, in 2017, figure dropped by over 3 percetange points.

“The drop has resulted from the number of loans,” Maroš Ovčarik, analyst with Partners Investments, told Hospodárske Noviny. “People have relatively easy access to money and mortgages, which helps them get new housing, particularly in the case of the young.”

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